January 10, 2011

What is cross contamination?

Posted in Cross Contamination, Food Allergy tagged at 8:05 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Cross contamination is generally defined as the transfer of harmful bacteria from one food to another.  In the allergy world, it is the transfer of an allergen to an otherwise allergen-free food, which, while not harmful to the average person, can be deadly to a person with allergies. It is something that most people don’t consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7, 2011

Sad News. . .

Posted in Food Allergy, Restaurants, Schools tagged , , at 4:07 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Just before Christmas I heard some sad news.  A thirteen-year old girl name Katelyn died from anaphylaxis — which is a severe allergic reaction — after eating Chinese food during a party at her Chicago school.  Katelyn was reportedly allergic to peanuts. The reason this made headlines is because it is a rare occurrence.  But for those whose children suffer from food allergies, the story is still chilling because the possibility of a fatal allergic reaction exists for anyone with a severe food allergy. Studies indicate that food allergy reactions lead to approximately 200,000 emergency room visits each year, including an estimated 90,000 visits for anaphylaxis.

Often the critical difference between life and death depends on how quickly treatment is given. The biggest weapons we have to protect our children are education and vigilance.

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